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In Greek mythology, Koalemos (Ancient Greek?) was the god of stupidity, mentioned once by Aristophanes,[1] and being found also in Parallel Lives by Plutarch.[2] Coalemus is the Latin spelling of the name. Sometimes it is referred to as a dæmon, more of a spirit and minor deity.

Otherwise, the word was used in the sense of "stupid person" or also "blockhead".[3]

An ancient false etymology derives from ? (koe?) "perceive" and (?leos) "distraught, crazed".[4] Its etymology is not established, however.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Aristophanes, Knights 221: ? .
  2. ^ Plutarch, Life of Cimon 4.3 (trans. Perrin) (Greek historian 1st to 2nd century AD):... ? , ? .
  3. ^ Plutarch, Life of Cimon 4.3; Aeschines Socraticus, fr. 16
  4. ^ Scholia on Aristophanes, Knights 198
  5. ^ Chantraine, Pierre. Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue grecque. Histoire des mots. Tome II. Paris, Éditions Klincksiek, 1970. - p. 550, sous (French); Robert Beekes (2010), "Etymological Dictionary of Greek" (Brill, Boston), p 727: "The word is clearly Pre-Greek because of the variants".


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